We are each products of the world we grew up in. Tapestries interwoven with threads that connect us back to the experiences we’ve had, the choices we have made, the people who have inspired us.
Inspiration is a beautifully necessary thing. Nothing and no one is created in a vacuum. Sometimes these inspiring moments are obvious to us, other times they affect us deeply without us even noticing their impact.
Having our own story, our own fabric of experiences, makes us each each unique. In every story though, there are threads that connect it to the larger fabric of human experiences, sewn together through interactions, relationships and inspirations. The value of this interconnectedness comes with responsibility. A social contract that binds us to look out for one another, strive to make our influences positive, and inspire those around us to become the best version of themselves.
Think back to a moment where you were inspired.
Think back to a person who inspired you. Maybe it was a parent. Maybe it was a camp counselor. Maybe it was an athlete you saw on TV. Maybe it was someone who looked like you. Maybe it was someone who looked nothing like you. Where did that inspiration take you?
Communities are built on shared experience, shared passions, shared stories. They are perpetuated through inspiration.
The All-Star Ultimate Tour does not just exist in the present. It is already a thread in the stories of individuals young and old, female and male. It is in the fabric of every person who has been to a game, watched a video of Jenny Wei get an endzone D, seen Bethany Kaylor lay out for the disc, played catch with Jesse Shofner, read an article about how focus and action can achieve great things.
More visibility equals more inspiration. For every All-Star game, for every interaction, whether in person or electronically, more people will carry a common thread, though it will mean different things in each story.
This thread, woven together into thousands of tapestries will shape and inspire a future. In fact, it already has.